Michaelangelo Matera

Michaelangelo Matera

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Melville, NY

The Matera Law Firm
 | 560 Broadhollow Road, Suite 303
Melville, NY 11747
Phone: 516-741-6700
Fax: 516-741-6797
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Michaelangelo Matera is a founding partner in the Firm.  His practice areas are criminal defense, personal injury, commercial litigation and general litigation and has handled Federal and State cases all over the State of New York and in several other states across the Country.

Even prior to his admission to the New York Bar, Michaelangelo was hired to work for the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office where he spent several years.  During his time there, he successfully prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases ranging from low level misdemeanors to homicides.  He took trial verdicts on dozens of cases, the vast majority of which resulted in convictions.

After his time as a prosecutor, Michaelangelo spent several years working for a very prestigious firm that focused on civil defense litigation.  After his time there, he went into private practice where he has successfully represented clients in matters ranging from criminal defense to personal injury cases to commercial litigation from New York to as far as Florida and Arizona, having tried countless cases to verdict.

Michaelangelo is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an exclusive group consisting of attorneys who have secured individual verdicts for their clients in excess of one million dollars.  He is also a member of the New York State Defender’s Association, The National College for DUI Defense, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Suffolk County Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau County Criminal Bar Association, Catholic Lawyers Group and the Columbian Lawyers Association.  He has also been selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association and The National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s top one percent and America’s Top 100 Trial Attorneys.

About Michaelangelo Matera

Admitted: 1997, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.materalaw.com/attorney-profiles/Michaelangelo-mat...


  • Membership of attorneys who have successfully concluded matters for injured clients in excess of $1,000,000., Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2017
  • Awarded to the top trial lawyers in their fields., America's Top Trial Lawyers, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Southern District Bar Admission, 2001
  • United Stated Eastern District Bar Admission, 2001
  • NY State Bar Admission, 1997


  • $1,500,000 settlement in civil rights claim against the City of New York and two detectives who received money from members of organized crime to carry out murders and kidnappings including the murder of our client., 2016
  • $995,000 settlement for client who was in her vehicle when it was struck by another vehicle resulting in a torn rotator cuff and the need for spinal fusion surgery., 2019
  • $400,000 settlement for client in Westchester County who was driving in her vehicle when it was struck by another vehicle resulting in spinal fusion surgery., 2020
  • $750,000 settlement for elderly gentleman who was a passenger in a vehicle when it crashed into the overpass on the parkway resulting in his death., 2015
  • $450,000 settlement for a woman who was struck by a vehicle making a left turn resulting in multiple injuries which required surgical intervention., 2014
  • Settlement for a woman who was driving her vehicle when it was struck by another vehicle resulting in the need for surgical intervention.  The settlement was for the policy limit., 2016
  • Settlement for a woman who was a passenger in a car that was struck by an oncoming vehicle resulting in multiple fractures and a collapsed lung.  SUM claim is pending., 2015

Representative Clients:

  • The Estate of Edward Lino - Mr. Lino was gunned down by two NYPD detectives who were moonlighting for organized crime and were given the contract to murder him., 2016

Educational Background:

  • JD from Touro College, Jacon D. Fuchsberg Law Center, 1996
  • BA from Binghamton University, 1993
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Office Location for Michaelangelo Matera

560 Broadhollow Road
Suite 303
Melville, NY 11747

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Last Updated: 3/30/2020

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